Swiss company looks to use drones to capture weather data

Swiss company Meteomatics is working with Thales to explore using drones to capture meteorological data for faster, more accurate, and cheaper weather forecasts. The company hopes to replace the traditional balloons, satellite, airborne, and ground-based techniques.

Current weather forecasting methods are expensive, only provide data on a specific area as it isn’t portable, and can fail to create accurate data during extreme weather conditions. Some of the equipment used can also only do one thing, which results in the need for more equipment, therefore, raising costs.

Using a drone equipped with the correct sensors and modules can solve all of the issues mentioned above. Not only isn’t the drone affected by weather conditions, but it can be flown into any area needing accurate data while keeping equipment costs down in the long run.

The company has worked with Thales to produce two drones, the Meteodrone MM-641 and MM-670. Both have different characteristics and…